AAO: Myths vs Facts of DIY
It sounds almost too good to be true: the convenience of orthodontic treatment without ever having to leave your homeor seeing an orthodontist or dentist in person (meaning no office visits); and, it sounds considerably cheaper than
in-person orthodontic treatment. What’s not to like?
Just straightening a few of the teeth—the front teeth that are visible when you smile—is simple; itis basically a cosmetic procedure, much like tooth whitening.
Moving teeth is a complex biological process, far from merely a “cosmetic” procedure. Moving evenjust the front teeth can have profound negative consequences on oral function and health.
While the advertisements and social media posts may make mail-order orthodontic treatment sound tempting,there is more to the story. Before you consider orthodontic treatment from a “direct-to-consumer” or mail-order company, you should be aware of some important facts...
Take a read of American Association of Orthodontist's full article below.